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Cheating and exam malpractice

Andrea Squires sets out some of the lessons learned from investigating cases of cheating and exam malpractice.

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Oct 17, 2017

Council withdraws decision to refuse humanist place on religious education body

A humanist has won the first round of a case against Vale of Glamorgan Council’s refusal to seat her on its standing advisory council on religious education (Sacre).
Oct 17, 2017

Ofsted wins Court of Appeal case over segregation at Birmingham school

Ofsted has won a Court of Appeal case over a Birmingham school’s practice of segregating boys and girls over the age of nine, despite it being nominally a mixed school.
Oct 11, 2017

Ombudsman criticises council over school transport and foster carers policy

A county council told foster carers, whose children had to attend schools beyond statutory walking distance, they must pay for school transport out of the fostering allowance - despite the children being entitled to free school transport, a Local…
Oct 04, 2017

LGO criticises failure of council to assess vulnerable young children at risk of harm

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has accused a council of not doing enough to safeguard a family who made multiple appeals for help to protect their younger children from threats of violence made by their teenage son.
Sep 25, 2017

Multi-academy trust to hire law firm for education advice

A multi-academy trust responsible for 10 schools in Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire is looking to hire a law firm with experience in the education field and public sector.
Sep 21, 2017

Procurement body for Scottish education institutions to set up £3m legal panel

A procurement body for universities and colleges in Scotland is to establish a legal services framework worth an estimated £3m over five years.
Sep 14, 2017

Ombudsman upholds third complaint against council over support for boy with SEN

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised a London borough over repeated failures in relation to a boy with special educational needs, in a case where at one stage a council decision-making may have acted illegally when it…

Features and analysis

Governance in academies

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Good governance in academies is a key focus for the Department for Education. Mark Johnson looks at the most important considerations.

Public procurement after Brexit

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Simon Randall CBE has written a paper for the Society of Conservative Lawyers on public procurement after Brexit. Here he puts forward some of the key points.

Holiday pay and employee monitoring

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Two recent employment cases have provided important follow-up on two key issues: monitoring and holiday pay, writes Sarah Maddock.

QOCS and multiple defendants

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A defendant against whom the claimant discontinued was not able to seek to enforce and ‘set-off’ its costs against the damages/interest paid to the claimant by the ‘unsuccessful’ defendants. Caroline Cousins reports.

Older articles

Oct 13, 2017

Public procurement after Brexit

Simon Randall CBE has written a paper for the Society of Conservative Lawyers on public procurement after Brexit. Here he puts forward some of the key points.
Oct 13, 2017

Inherently problematic?

A High Court ruling has raised significant issues around capacity thresholds, the inherent jurisdiction and autonomy, writes Alex Ruck Keene.
Oct 11, 2017

Ombudsman criticises council over school transport and foster carers policy

A county council told foster carers, whose children had to attend schools beyond statutory walking distance, they must pay for school transport out of the fostering allowance - despite the children being entitled to free school transport, a Local…
Oct 06, 2017

QOCS and multiple defendants

A defendant against whom the claimant discontinued was not able to seek to enforce and ‘set-off’ its costs against the damages/interest paid to the claimant by the ‘unsuccessful’ defendants. Caroline Cousins reports.
Oct 06, 2017

The Supplier Code of Conduct

Melanie Pears and Tim Care take a look at the Supplier Code of Conduct, which has been introduced by the Government with the aim of helping suppliers understand the standards expected of them when they are contracting with the Government.
Oct 04, 2017

LGO criticises failure of council to assess vulnerable young children at risk of harm

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has accused a council of not doing enough to safeguard a family who made multiple appeals for help to protect their younger children from threats of violence made by their teenage son.
Sep 28, 2017

Deputyships and outsourcing

The Court of Protection recently considered an application to revoke a number of deputyships in place through a council's outsourcing arrangement and whether the borough could recover its costs. The COP team at 39 Essex Chambers reports.
Sep 28, 2017

Holiday pay and employee monitoring

Two recent employment cases have provided important follow-up on two key issues: monitoring and holiday pay, writes Sarah Maddock.
Sep 25, 2017

Ex-employee of adult care department fined for taking personal data

A former employee of Leicester City Council’s adult social care department has been fine for unlawfully obtaining personal data.
Sep 25, 2017

Cornerstone barrister appointed to European Commission Expert Group on GDPR

Estelle Dehon of Cornerstone Baristers has been appointed as a member of the European Commission's Expert Group on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Sep 25, 2017

Multi-academy trust to hire law firm for education advice

A multi-academy trust responsible for 10 schools in Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire is looking to hire a law firm with experience in the education field and public sector.
Sep 22, 2017

HMCTS delays launch of flexible operating hours pilots to February 2018

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has put back the launch of the Flexible Operating Hours pilots until February next year.
Sep 22, 2017

Giving clear notice

Harmajinder Hayre looks at a recent employment case involving a city council that demonstrates the importance of clear notices.
Sep 22, 2017

Governance in academies

Good governance in academies is a key focus for the Department for Education. Mark Johnson looks at the most important considerations.
Sep 22, 2017

Governance in academies

Good governance in academies is a key focus for the Department for Education. Mark Johnson looks at the most important considerations.
Sep 21, 2017

Procurement body for Scottish education institutions to set up £3m legal panel

A procurement body for universities and colleges in Scotland is to establish a legal services framework worth an estimated £3m over five years.
Sep 15, 2017

A significant decision on Care Act assessments

The High Court recently quashed a local authority’s Care Act assessment and related decisions. Alistair Cantor analyses the ruling.
Sep 15, 2017

EU grant funding terms

Would your compliance with EU grant funding terms stand up to scrutiny? Tiffany Cloynes looks at the potential issues.
Sep 15, 2017

When is one drink too many?

A resident of a 'dry' care home who wanted to leave and consume alcohol recently sought to challenge his deprivation of liberty. The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers look at the outcome.
Sep 15, 2017

Remedies and not-for-profit bodies

Stephen Pearson analyses a recent procurement case on remedies that will be of interest to contracting authorities and not-for-profit organisations in particular.

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